Tue, 4 Jun, 2019
Qantas launches new international flight that won’t cost a cent
Qantas have offered a new international flight that won’t cost you a cent. It will fly from Melbourne to Tokyo and is set to head off the tarmac later this year.
It’s the first across the Qantas network where passengers will be able to head overseas without exchanging money.
However, it’s got a new nickname. The “Points Plane” will only allow Frequent Flyer members to book a seat on board at a cost of 35,000 points for economy, 54,000 for Premium Economy, 72,000 for business and 108,000 points for first class.
The new flight is offering passengers a unique drink and meal service, signature pyjamas and in-flight giveaways.
The new flight is open to Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum members who will all have equal opportunity to secure a booking on dedicated Points Plane flights.
Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth explained in a statement to news.com.au:
“This is the first time we have dedicated an entire aircraft — let alone an A380 — to our frequent flyers, and we are expecting to see significant demand for these flights,” she said.
“Four flight redemptions are made every minute and 60 upgrades are confirmed every hour. We know our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards.
“Member-exclusive flights mean more redemption opportunities for our members and less time searching for reward seats.”
The first flight is departing Melbourne on October 21st 2019 for Japan and could be the start of more international trips that require points as payment.
“If this concept is a success, which we think it will be, Qantas hopes to operate more regular Frequent Flyer-only flights to other international and domestic destinations in the near future,” Ms Wirth said.